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Interactive SVG map

I recently needed to present a map on a website so that visitors could choose their region (i.e. a group of countries, which could be arbitrary) before going into the site. After a little playing around, I settled on a solution that uses an SVG map of the world, and used Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Internet

Code quality matters

We’ve all been there. Time is short, so just bash out a bit of code, and as long as it works we can move on. Code is for computers anyway, right? Who cares what it looks like? Actually, how our code is formatted can totally save our bacon later, and Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Internet

Keeping track of time

mWork logoRunning your own business means a lot of extra effort, relative to a 'normal' job.  True, there are the benefits of being your own boss, working the hours that suit you, taking holidays when you fancy, setting the prices you like.  But in addition to being a Web Designer I also have to handle the accounts, pay the tax man, and do all the boring day-to-day stuff that proper businesses would palm onto someone else.  Thankfully, because my business is relatively small and simple, this doesn't take too much effort.  Mr Tax Man doesn't bother me unduly, and the general running of the business tends to just happen.Of course, there are ways of making life easier for myself on the business side of things.  For instance, keeping track of the business's money is something I'm keen to do, since numbers are not my strong point, so having a system in place that makes it all blindingly obvious is a must.  So far I've been relying on spreadsheets to log the work I do, with a different spreadsheet for each client.  It works, but it's not particularly efficient.  I've looked around on the 'net, and not found anything that fits my requirements exactly, so I decided I'd make my own.  Nothing like reinventing the wheel every now and then, just for kicks.And so mWork was born.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Internet

Missing media buttons in WP 2.5 – partial fix!

I've been hovering on the WordPress forums recently, keeping my eyes peeled for a solution to my missing media buttons following up my upgrade to WordPress 2.5 a week or so ago. Today, prompted by a post by jeenie involving looking at the source code, I had a poke around and managed to get half way there. As you can see from the attached screenshot (which proves it all works!!), I can now access the functionality, even though the images still don't show. It's a curious thing, given that it looks like a fairly simple bit of code that oughtn't to have any problems at all.(more…)

By Matthew, ago